The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series is a weekly concert series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, which kicks off our 35th anniversary celebrations, culminating in the 35th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in June, 2022. Presented by TD, the Summer Concert Series highlights 10 local acts who each bring their own unique perspective to the performance of jazz, and reflect a variety of the elements which have been part of the Festival over the past 35 years: from emerging artists and young lions to the best of the best; from traditional jazz to new sounds; from mentorship to community connections.
The Festival has always sought to be on top of musical trends, especially as they relate to jazz. Artists like Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman and Esperanza Spalding have all brought their mix of jazz, R&B, soul, funk and hip hop to our stages, carving new musical paths and bringing in new audiences along the way – as demonstrated by their Grammy nominations in distinctly non-jazz categories. Toronto’s internationally acclaimed bassist Rich Brown has taken a similar approach on the Festival stage with his groups like rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng, earning three National Jazz Award nominations for “Electric Group of the Year”, and attention from touring artists list Rudresh Mahanthappa, James “Blood” Ulmer and Jane Siberry, among others.
Toronto-born electric bassist Rich Brown has established himself as an incredibly versatile artist. Along with being one of the most called upon electric bass players in Canada, Rich is additionally a composer, producer, bandleader, educator and clinician, broadcaster, and voiceover artist. He has recorded three albums as a leader, including his critically acclaimed album of solo bass compositions 'Between Heaviness & Here.' Rich appears on a plethora of recordings ranging from Jazz to traditional Arabic and Asian music. He has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Steve Coleman, Dapp Theory, Angelique Kidjo, Kurt Elling, Hermeto Pascoal, David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat, & Tears), and James Blood Ulmer, among many others. Rich leads two groups—rinsethealgorithm and The Abeng —and was nominated for a Juno Award in 2016 for his latest album, 'Abeng.' As an educator, Rich Brown is well-known for his work as a faculty member with the popular online bass education website Scott's Bass Lessons. He teaches at Humber College in Toronto and is a regular contributor for Bass Player Magazine as well as the online publication No Treble. You can also hear Rich every Saturday as the host of his own show 'New Origins' on jazzcast.ca.